Learn more about the people who help keep the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator moving.
Elissa Bloom is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. She has been with the organization since 2011 and with the board, launched the successful initiative which is now used as an international model for fashion incubation.
With over 20 years of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Elissa brings a unique and fresh understanding to the world of fashion and business. She has worked corporately for Bloomingdales and Anthropologie and has taught fashion entrepreneurship courses at Drexel University, Moore College of Art and Design, and Thomas Jefferson University. She launched a successful accessories brand, Elissa Bloom New York, which she oversaw for ten years. While managing all aspects of her company including design, sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution, Elissa learned what it takes to run a successful fashion company. She has a strong understanding of both the creative and commercial side of business and is committed to sharing her experience with others to help them achieve success in the business world.
Elissa is a highly sought after international speaker on fashion incubation and the business of fashion traveling to Italy, Russia, the Baltics, Israel, Scotland and Morrocco. In 2015 Elissa was invited by The White House to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya.
Elissa has been nominated as a 2019 “Connector of the Year” award with RAD Girls. In 2018 Elissa was awarded the Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction. In 2017 she was nominated as the Philadelphia Ambassador of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, a global event empowering female entrepreneurship that is celebrated in 144 countries with the United Nations. Elissa organized and led Philadelphia’s first and second annual event honoring female entrepreneurs in the region. In 2016 she was honored with the Trailblazer Award by Philly Fashion Week.
The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI) Board of Directors is comprised of ten members from the business, academic and fashion communities. The board is responsible for all PFI policies, fundraising development, budgets and programs.
Bridgett Battles, Director of Community Engagement and Supplier Diversity, Jefferson University
Conrad Booker, Founder, Conrad Booker, PFI Alumni
Earl Boyd, Director of Entrepreneur Development, Entrepreneur Works
Aliza Karetnick, Attorney, Ballard Spahr
Anne Millman, Retail Industry Veteran, PFGITF Secretary
Andrew Reid, Community and Economic Development Leader, Advocate and Educator
Erik Seel, Founder, FashInvest/Consultant
Michelle Shannon, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Center City District, PFGITF Member
Mindy Solkin, Fashion Stylist, Macy's and Regional Director, Fashion Group International Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator (PFI) Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from Philadelphia’s fashion and business sectors, including designers, retailers, editors, academic representatives and business leaders. The committee is responsible for reviewing and selecting the Designer-In-Residence (DIR), events along with teaching workshops on their areas expertise and being mentors.
Nicole Cashman, Owner, Cashman and Associates
Rakia Reynolds, Owner, Skai Blue Media
Kristin Detterline, Editor-in-Chief, Philadelphia Style Magazine
Nicole Kane, Fashion Consultant, Urban Outfitters
Elina Kazan, Retail Consultant
Alisa Frederico, Owner, Dressing Jane
Mary Dougherty, Owner, Nicole Miller Boutiques
Joan Shepp, Owner, Joan Shepp
Barbara Kahn, Director of The Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, Wharton
Danny Noble, Fashion Entrepreneur
Karen Randal, Consultant
Ann Gitter, Owner, The Knit Wit
Elena Brennan, Owner, Bus Stop Boutique
Sharon Phillips Waxman, Owner, SPW Productions
Tony Pipitone, Center City District
Annina King, Designer, Director of PFI Alumni Committee
Caren Yeamans, In House Counsel, Fanatics
Sarah Rodowicz, Fashion Group Intl.
Cathy Coho, Textile Conservator
Rachel Ford, Owner, MADE Studios
Lori Shuster, Owner, Throw Like a Woman Consulting
Debbie Ruth and Annette Tymoski, Owners, Intrigue Fine Apparel
Stephanie Boyd, VP Sales and Marketing, PA Convention Center
Marisa Guaglione, District Manager, Clarins
Kate Marlys, Owner, Philly PR Girl
Angel Edmunds, Owner Showroom 77
Leigh King, Associate Director of Special Projects & Experiences, CFDA